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Embattled Whisper CEO suspends editorial staffers as investigation into privacy scandal continues

As the Guardian newspaper continues its investigation into Whisper’s use of user data, CEO Michael Heyward has suspended members of his editorial team, pending completion of a full inquiry into the allegations. The suspensions, which sources say include Editor in Chief Neetzan Zimmerman, come as Senator Jay Rockefeller has asked for Whisper executives to attend a [...]

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Qello is quietly building a “Netflix for music films” — and maybe building the future of digital video

So what will be the big buzzword of 2015? I’m placing my bets on “OTT.” OTT stands for “Over-the-top” and it refers to video and audio streaming services that don’t directly involve a cable company. For example, when HBOGO announced its standalone service this week, the savvy set of observers called it “going OTT.” We know [...]

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Why I don’t believe in “cinematic” VR

Alice in Wonderland. Disney 1951. [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Kirwin was not paid for this post.] I’m not an expert on cinema. I helped make about a dozen Hollywood films, worked [...]

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The War Nerd: How do you deal with wannabe jihadis? An upgrade to business class

KUWAIT CITY—It’s been a busy week for Canada’s home-grown jihadis. Monday, October 20: Martin Rouleau, a French-Canadian convert to Islam, ran down two Canadian soldiers with his Nissan Altima, then led the RCMP on a chase that ended when he rolled the Nissan, came up out of the wreck waving a kitchen knife, and got [...]

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Pandora just posted record revenues. So why is its stock down 41 percent since March?

For years, Pandora has been lumped with Spotify when talking about the profitability struggles of streaming music services. But while it still hasn’t been able to turn profits quarter-in and quarter-out, yesterday’s earnings statement may mean the service has finally turned a corner. In its third financial quarter, Pandora’s adjusted profits doubled to 9 cents a share on its [...]

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Google Inbox for Gmail

Similar to Mailbox, Inbox makes your Gmail inbox less cluttered and more organized. It lets you create reminders, pin messages, snooze messages and can automatically group messages or augment them with additional information. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Continue Reading from the Source

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Ziptask relaunches to tackle the $480 billion per year outsourcing industry

With the war for technical talent as fierce as ever, more and more companies are turning to outsourcing. But little has changed in the outsourced labor market in the last 10 years, with most companies in the space seemingly content to throw more bodies, often at ever-declining hourly rates, at their clients’ technical problems. But, [...]

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Inventables’ new 3D carver wants to give the maker movement new life

The last time I spoke to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan he’d launched the company’s new Easel software platform at SXS, a program designed to take the prohibitively inaccessible complexities of 3D design more manageable. When I reach him this week, Kaplan is laughing. Inventables Kickstarter campaign for its Carvey machine, a tabletop 3D carving machine has [...]

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Korg CLIPHIT

Like TableDrum, the CLIPHIT lets you turn ordinary objects into a drum kit. It comes with three clips and a footswitch, with room for a second footswitch. It comes with 11 kits and runs on 4 AA batteries. Skip to 2:50 for the demo. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $139 Continue Reading from the Source

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Aereo uses up another of its nine lives

It hasn’t been Aereo’s year. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the company’s service, which allowed its users to record over-the-air broadcasts and watch them on their smartphones, tablets, and other devices, was operating in violation of the Copyright Act of 1976 because it was so similar to cable offerings. Then the US Copyright Office said [...]

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We asked Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang: How much will China’s tech companies shape the new global economy?

Alibaba. Tencent. Baidu. We hear the company names and we see their impressive valuations. But very few Westerners actually use these products and services, and therefore it’s difficult to sense how big a role they will play in shaping the new global economy, particularly because of China’s attitudes toward censorship and Internet freedom. These uncertainties arose at tonight’s [...]

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Listen again to this week’s PandoLIVE

Most of the airtime of this week’s PandoLIVE call-in show was given over to our discussion about Whisper’s current privacy scandal. Fortunately, though, there was still time to talk about our sponsor Rackspace’s plan to murder children and turn them into delicious jam. I suspect they’re going to regret trusting us to ad-lib their ads [...]

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Aneel Bhusri: I thought Larry Ellison was a nice guy… and then he went off on Workday

Speaking on stage at tonight’s PandoMonthly, Aneel Bhusri explained what it was like when Larry Ellison “went off” on Workday at the 2012 AllThingsD conference just before Workday’s IPO. Here’s his response, as reported by the WSJ: Larry: It’s going to be very interesting to monitor Workday. We monitor Workday, and we beat Workday all the time. [...]

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Pando members — watch the livestream of Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang. RIGHT NOW

Starting right now in San Francisco, Sarah Lacy is interviewing Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang for this month’s PandoMonthly. As ever, we’ll be covering news from event here on Pando, but Pando Members can watch the whole interview, live and in HD, in the members’ area. If you’re not yet a member, you can join right now, [...]

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DROP by Jawbone Creates Perfect Playlists

In looking to create the ultimate social music app to complement its JAMBOX speaker, Jawbone has introduced DROP. Intended to seamlessly take music requests from your friends while constantly adapting to ensure that everyone gets to hear something they’ll love, the app works in conjunction with a paid subscription to Spotify Premium or Rdio Unlimited [...]

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Audio-Technica ATH-DN1000USB Desktop Headphones

Japanese audio equipment manufacturer Audio-Technica have released a new set of desktop headphones. The all-digital ATH-DN1000USD headphones features Audio-Technica’s Dnote DSP technology and a large 53mm driver that handles a wide frequency of sound, to give the user a high quality audio experience. Whether you’re listening to your favorite tracks or just watching a movie at [...]

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So Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs. But will the movie be any good?

You may have heard that Aaron Sorkin, the purveyor of verbal acrobatics and thinly-drawn female characters behind “West Wing” and “Social Network,” has written another biopic of a famous entrepreneur: Steve Jobs. Now the upcoming film, which will be helmed by “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle, has a leading man. Christian Bale will pick up where Ashton Kutcher left off by [...]

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Senator demands answers as Guardian publishes evidence that Whisper exec lied about user privacy

There’s no pretty way to say this: Whisper is fucked. Earlier today, it was reported that Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has written to CEO Michael Heyward demanding a Committee staff briefing to explain the company’s privacy protections. In the letter, embedded below, Rockefeller wrote: To assist the [...]

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